'Advanced' Entry-Level Jobs
Are there any jobs for new graduates with advanced degrees in Gainesville's growing innovation community?
Some, but not enough.
Katie Chritton, a UF Masters Degree graduate, is hoping a move to Atlanta will be her golden ticket.
"It seems like it's a good place for job opportunities," she said.
Lune Domond also got a master's degree in Business Management.
She knows what she wants, it's just a matter of will she get it.
"I'm looking into working for the Department of Children and Families, under the office of child care, possibly in Seattle, Washington," she said.
However some say these advanced degree grads have a better shot at finding work by sticking around.
I think they have more prospects both locally in Gainesville, and certainly within the state to be able to pursue their career ambitions without leaving," said Randy Scott, with Gainesville Area Innovation Newtork.
Scott says there are opportunities now, but in there orr four years, there will be even more.
"Even if you’re not the entrepreneur that’s starting the company or running the company, everyone in the company has to have those entrepreneurial skills, to really be able to roll with the punches, and find where they can contribute, and to be flexible and innovative in their thinking," he said.
Jobs are becoming available.
The state's unemployment rate dropped to 9% in March.
Alachua County's is at 6.6%, down four-tenths of a percent.
Chritton sees the opportunities start-ups can bring.
“I’m very interested in social businesses, so that’s a big part of what the entrepreneurial sector is into, more socially, aligned businesses, so I think it’s great," she said.
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